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About the Author
Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty graphic novels and comic series, including The Coldest City (now a film starring Charlize Theron), the epic series Wasteland, Marvel's superhero Daredevil, the modern Shakespeare Julius, and more. He also writes video games, such as the seminal Dead Space and ZombiU. He has adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and his titles have been translated throughout the world. He lives and works in England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed certain sections of the novel but others left me confused or bored. The plot was interesting but won't make my favorites list. I think if the novel had been longer, and more of the back story presented, I would have enjoyed it more. The book itself is of very high quality. The artwork was hit and miss for my taste. The outdoor images, action sequences, and closeups were interesting while the dialogue and more intimate exchanges were a little dull.
Reason for Reading: I love cold war spy thrillers. An enjoyable spy thriller that takes place during the weeks that lead up to and follow the breaking of the Berlin Wall. Told from a British point of view, this has all the makings for a good espionage tale. MI6, CIA, KGB and East German agents all play a part. The story is told backwards through a debriefing of a female agent who was sent to Berlin on a mission where she meets up with an old-timer misogynist agent who is none to happy to have her arrive. Twists and turns move the plot to an unknown destination as the agents look for missing vital documents, we meet up with possible double agents, assassins and a shroud of doubt surrounding everything. A final surprise twist ending brings a satisfying conclusion and fans of the genre will have a gripping read.I'm on the fence about the artwork. I appreciate that it is done in black and white as it suits the atmosphere and story well. The large panels are well executed but I find I'm just not a fan of the artist's style which is very shadowy and indistinct. Incredibly so, for the regular size panels, at times I had no idea what I was looking at. This, of course, is a reflection on my taste in art, ymmv. Though not to my tastes I do grant that it worked with the story it told.
Haven't heard of this before except for the movie. Movie was interesting, same with the graphic novel.